Posted by: New in Every Way | May 21, 2012

I Belong to Somebody

Several years ago I read a newspaper article about two remarkable young women. One—a paraplegic—was confined to a wheelchair. The other was mentally challenged. The two women shared an apartment and cared for each other. The first young lady made the decisions and explained to her friend how to take care of their business. Her friend took care of most of their physical tasks. They liked to say that between them, they made one whole person.

It was not until recently that I realized their life was really pretty wonderful. What they lacked in independence, they made up for in relationship. It reminds me of the folk song:

Shoo, fly, don’t bother me . . . / For I belong to somebody.

We can all have that kind of connection. God factored it into the plan for our lives by ensuring we would need each other.

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.. . 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. . . . God has put the body together . . . 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other (1 Cor. 12:12, 17, 20, 24-25)

Making It Personal

  • Do you usually do things yourself because it seems easier? Might there be benefits to letting others in on your projects? Benefits such as: new ideas, less work for you, and the pleasure of companionship?
  • When working with others, it’s easy to become annoyed with the way they think or do things. How about showing appreciation for their strengths? Friendship might happen!
  • God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit do everything as a team. Do you suppose God wants you to discover the joy and fulfillment of close, helpful relationships?

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